I just returned from the American Craft Council show in Atlanta, and have to report that my creative spirit was revitalized there. Shows are very hard work and can be quite grueling. However, my fellow creatives who surrounded me were so inspiring in both their work and their conversation. I also shared some wonderful discussions with the creative browsers and buyers at the show, who were so fun and appreciative.
I am currently reading "Belonging - Remembering Ourselves Home" by Toko-pa, and this quote struck me in relation to being a part of this show and this group of people. "Make no mistake -- this temple of originality is not yours alone, but something we're building together. After all, we share the same origins and one day we will, like all our ancestors, return to them. In the meantime, creativity is essential to belonging because it serves as a way for us to recognize each other. We listen for that pulse of originality coming through us, giving it the unique form that comes from our particular encounter with it. And as we make beauty from our origins, we find networks of people just like us, adding their voices to a thing we're all trying to make real."